Genesis lays the foundation for all of Scripture. If its account of creation isn’t reliable, then neither is the rest of the Bible which rests upon it; and Christ is proven not to be God and Savior, but a mere man who foolishly took a mythological story of Adam and Eve literally (Matthew:19:4,5). Yet Pope John Paul II, as John Tagliabue, writing for the New York Times, reported, “has put the teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church firmly behind the view that the human body…is the product of a gradual process of evolution.”
Adam is mentioned about 30 times in nine books of the Bible. Thus to discredit the biblical account of Adam’s creation punctures so many holes in the Bible that it can no longer contain a consistent theology. For example, Luke:3:23-28 traces Christ’s genealogy to Adam, and Christ is even called “the last Adam” (1 Corinthians:15:45). That title would be demeaning in the extreme if Adam were a prehumen creature that had evolved from lower life forms, as Catholicism officially affirms.
Christianity Today was not the only popular evangelical magazine to favor theistic evolution. So did New Man, at that time the official magazine of “Promise Keepers,” the men’s movement that sprang up a few years ago under the leadership of University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney and has since grown phenomenally. That periodical expressed its agreement with the Pope’s position on evolution even before he stated it. Furthermore, New Man argued:
“Remember, however, that the debate over how God created the world—through millions of years of evolutionary work or through a few words spoken over a few days—is not the central tenet of Christianity.”
The truth is that Christianity is not an isolated development of the New Testament but is inextricably linked with all of the Old Testament and therefore stands or falls upon its accuracy or inaccuracy. Paul declared that the gospel which he preached was “the gospel of God” and that it had been foretold by the Hebrew prophets in the Old Testament (Romans:1:1-3) and was the fulfillment thereof. The Bible is one Book. If any part contradicts any other part, then the whole of Scripture is undermined. If the Bible is wrong in its account of man’s origin, then why should we trust its teaching about man’s redemption?
To support evolution to any degree and in any form is in fact to demolish Christianity. Interestingly enough, the Satanic Bible declares, “Satan represents man as nothing more than another animal, sometimes better, but more often worse than those who walk on four paws, because by the pretext of his ‘divine intellectual and spiritual development,’ he has become the most vicious animal of all.” The American Atheist knows what is at stake:
“Destroy Adam and Eve and original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the Son of God and take away the meaning of his death.”